[Feature Update] The All-New LeadPages™ WordPress Plugin

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One of the most popular features inside of LeadPages is LeadBoxes. LeadBoxes are boxes like this that can be configured to appear when you click on text, an image or a button. For example on this page when I click this button in the side bar, a LeadBox appears. We recently added the ability to enable timed LeadBoxes so if we’re on a page that we’ve set a LeadBox to appear on after five seconds you’ll see the LeadBox pop up on the page after five seconds. We also added the ability to enable and exit LeadBox. So if the visitor moves to close the window, a LeadBox will come up urging them to get something of value before they go. Now I want to tell you about an update to our LeadPages connector plug in that not only increases the functionality of these pop up LeadBoxes but makes deploying them on your website easier than ever.

Our customers love being able to add these types of LeadBoxes on individual posts and pages but what if you want to add a LeadBoxes to show up on all your posts or site wide? Before now you’d have to dig under the hood of your theme and for a lot of people that’s kind of a scary place. So we’ve added a new functionality to our WordPress plug-in to make it super simple for you. It’s a huge time saver so speaking of saving time, first let’s look at how to add timed LeadBoxes to our WordPress site with the updated plug-in. Let’s go to our LeadPages account and find the LeadBox we’d like to use on our WordPress site.

Once I customize a new LeadBox or find one I’d like to use I’ll click on it. Now if you’re publishing a normal LeadBox that’s not a pop-up, I want to quickly point out that you’ll do that exactly the same way you always have. You don’t need to install the plug-in at all. just decide if you want a text, a button or an image to trigger your LeadBox, copy the code at the bottom and paste it into your website.

Now when you view the page, you can see the images there and when I click on it the LeadBox opens. However, when you’re using timed and exit LeadBoxes that’s where the WordPress plug-in comes in. Under the pop-up LeadBox section, we’ll specify the amount of time before the LeadBox appears. Let’s say it’s five seconds. You can also specify the number of pages someone needs to view before this appears. So let’s say you had this LeadBox in a blog, someone would need to read for example three articles before it appears.

When they load their third article on the page, they then see the LeadBox appear after five seconds. You can also specify the time interval between displays of the LeadBox. If you want the LeadBox to appear on the first visit, this number should be set to zero or again let’s say someone is on the third article and they see our timed LeadBox, after they’ve seen the LeadBox let’s say they close it. They won’t see the timed LeadBox again for another 45 days.

Before this update to our plug-in came along, once the timing are set, you need to copy this code for your timed lead box and go into your WordPress site and paste the code in everywhere you’d like the LeadBox to pop up. However, with this update we can now do this without copying any code at all. Let me show you exactly how it works.

There are two ways to add this functionality to your WordPress blog or site. Number one if you already have the LeadPages connector plug-in installed just go to that plug-in and then click update now and the plug in will be updated on your WordPress installation. None of your existing LeadPages that you’ve published with the plug-in will be affected. We’re only adding the LeadBoxes functionality to the plug-in. The second way to add this functionality is to install the LeadPages connector plug-in , which you can download right in this window.

Note here, to publish LeadPages, timed and exit LeadBoxes to our blog, we only need to download this plug in once and install it on our WordPress site once. Once it’s installed you can publish LeadPages to your blog like you’ve always been able to but now you can also publish timed and exit LeadBoxes to your blog as well.

Once the plug in is downloaded, log into your WordPress site and select plug-ins add new. Then select upload. Then select the zip file we just downloaded from our LeadPages account then we’ll let that install. Finally let’s activate the plug-in. Once it’s activated, we don’t need to install anything else on this installation of WordPress in order to publish LeadPages and LeadBoxes to our WordPress site.

Now all we need to do to enable a timed LeadBox is go to the LeadBoxes’ tab and select the LeadBox we’ve already set up in our LeadPages account from this drop down. This list displays all the LeadBoxes with timed configurations. When you do this, you’ll be able to see the timed configurations you set for this LeadBox back in your LeadPages account. If you need to change these settings you can click here to be routed to your LeadPages account where you can adjust the settings further. Select if you’d like this timed LeadBox to appear on every page of your site or only on posts. Then click save. And that’s it.

Now when I go to my blog and wait the specified amount of time, we’ll see my LeadBox pop up. Setting up a pop-up LeadBox is as easy as creating a LeadBox and LeadPages and clicking a couple of buttons in your WordPress account. Creating an exit LeadBox is just as easy. Once I customize a new LeadBox or find one I’d like to use, I’ll click on it and go to the exit LeadBox settings. We’ll dial in the settings we’d like this exit LeadBox to have and then we’ll save it. Then we’ll go to our WordPress installation and select the LeadBox we just customized from the drop down. We’ll select if we want the exit pop up to be site wide or only for posts. Let’s say for this example we’ll make it only for posts. Any LeadBoxes without exit configurations will default to showing every time someone visits your page and goes to leave.

If you need to change these settings you can click here to be routed to your LeadPages account where you can adjust these settings further. Once everything is to your liking click save. Now when we go into a post and try to leave we’ll see the exit LeadBox we just created offering I massive value before I completely leave. This is a great way to reengage traffic you might otherwise lose out on completely.

To start publishing LeadBoxes on your blog, log into your LeadPages account and click LeadBoxes. If you’re not a LeadPages customer, go to www.LeadPages.net and click the button below the video. LeadBoxes are included in all levels of our LeadPages accounts but we do recommend you start with a pro annual plan as it allows you to split test your LeadBoxes and LeadPages, includes live chat support and is 40% cheaper than paying monthly. So join as at the pro annual level.

I’m Jeff Wenberg and have a fantastic day.

  • Thanks for the great technology!

    Can we used timed pop ups on AdWords or Facebook Ads landing pages?

    • Hey Nick, thanks! In addition to the WordPress publishing options, you’re also given a line of code when you create the timed popup inside LeadPages. So you can use the timed LeadBox anywhere you can paste that line of code.

  • Dave Newgass

    Great timing! Just a couple of days ago I was looking for some help and direction in James Schramko’s SuperFastBusiness community and although we worked it out (because that collective community can solve most anything), this plugin makes my life super easy now! For the exit pop, is there anything in the hopper to initiate the LeadBox if somebody makes a move for the ‘back’ button? I would say most people don’t just close their browsers entirely, as tabbed browsing has become the norm.

  • Good idea, I just wish you offered the ability to target them per category/tag etc so we can actually match offers with traffic when we have large sites with a lot of different categories :/.

    • I was just going to say the same thing – hope this is added soon!

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Hey Gael, this is a starting point for the plugin. We’ll be adding functionality in the future, so we’ll definitely add this to the list of things to add. That’s a very valuable suggestion. Thanks!

    • Jeff Wenberg

      @GaelB:disqus and @adamjayc:disqus would you guys go here: https://docs.google.com/a/ave81.com/forms/d/1FKUMockIoYwV68ZDzoHKG9Yf9PDf0YefoCKfOB54ouk/viewform and submit a feature request for me? I’d love to make sure this gets added at some point. Thanks guys!

    • AlenaStar

      + 1 I want to see that option too!!

  • How do we get our hands on this plugin?

    • Hey John! If you already have the original LeadPages WordPress plugin installed, you can simply go to your plugins area in WordPress and click “update now” by the plugin.

      If you don’t have it installed yet, you can download the plugin from the LeadBoxes publishing window inside LeadPages (this is the window that appears when you click to publish a LeadBox). From there, you can install it on WordPress like you would any other plugin.

  • I have the LeadPages connector plugin 1.1.3.2 but it’s not showing there are any updates available for it from the plugins admin page. Any ideas why it’s not showing an update for the new version?

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Hey Erika, I’m looking into what’s happening. I’ll be back shortly with what I hear.

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Sorry for the slight glitch Erika, everything is updated now. If you go into your plugins and look for the LeadPages™ connector plugin you should now see the option to update it. Again sorry for the small hiccup.

      • It works now, thanks Jeff! I logged in, saw the plugin update and updated as normal.

        • Jeff Wenberg

          Awesome, thanks for updating here Erika. Sorry again for the delay.

  • @WillHoekenga:disqus, I think the updater is broken. I have LeadPages Connector installed and no option to update appears. I’ve seen this happen with other WordPress plugins. The fix was to reinstall the plugin manually. Can you confirm?

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Christian, I’m looking into what’s happening right now. You are correct if you wanted to reinstall the plugin manually you will be all set, but there should be an automatic update option. Stay tuned.

      • @jeff_wenberg:disqus, thanks! Looking forward to your update. Just a note to anyone who deletes and reinstalls the plugin, sometimes it takes a few times of doing this to get WordPress to recognize that there is a new update.

        • Jeff Wenberg

          Christian, This issue has been taken care of. If you go into your plugins and look for the LeadPages™ connector plugin you should now see the option to update it. Sorry for the delay.

          • Thanks for the heads up @jeff_wenberg:disqus. Just checked. Looking good. Nice job!

          • Jeff Wenberg

            Thanks Christian!

      • I’m anxiously awaiting the update option also, as none exists for me.

        • Jeff Wenberg

          Carol, sorry for the delay. This issue has been taken care of. If you go into your plugins and look for the LeadPages™ connector plugin you should now see the option to update it.

  • This is great! I see the settings are “Only Posts”, but what about if you just want it to show on “Only Posts and Pages” or “Only Pages”…?

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Adam, great question. So if you add it to every page, that will add the LeadBox™ site wide. So it will show up on all pages including your post pages. Like with everything we put out we’ll be adding functionality in the future, this would be worth adding to that list. Thanks!

      • AlenaStar

        Great option/ just implemented it and got 9 new subscribers within an hour.

        I would love to have the option to choose from a list of categories to add different popups to different categories!!!!

  • Krsnendu Knight

    I have been using a plugin called WP LeadMagnet. It is no longer supported. One feature I really liked was that after someone opts in they are no longer shown the pop up or sidbar optin box. Instead they are shown whatever html you want. e.g. a banner add for your product

    Would be awesome if this feature can be added.

  • Sean Adams

    I even tried to uninstall and delete my old plugin and install the new plugin from when I try to publish a leadbox, and it does not give me the leadbox option within my wordpress dashboard.

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Sean, this issue with updating the plugin has been taken care of. If you go into your plugins and look for the LeadPages™ connector plugin you should now see the option to update it. Since you uninstalled/reinstalled, you might need to download the plug in again, then reinstall it. If that doesn’t work please contact our support staff at support.leadpages.net so they can get you through that process. Thanks!

      • Sean Adams

        Success I see leadboxes now as its own navigation in the dashboard, have my “select a free ebook” leadbox up and running now, THANK YOU. Been looking for this at ToGetSeen.com for a while now

        • Jeff Wenberg

          Awesome to hear Sean! Is there timed or exit LeadBoxes™ on that site? I didn’t see anything.

          • Sean Adams

            There is an exit leadbox right now, building the pop-up one

          • Jeff Wenberg

            I see it! That’s awesome. Thanks a ton for sharing. Love seeing people putting these tools to use!

  • Working great!!! I picked the exit popup and now have my super cute, brand new resource guide popup rocking when they leave. Split testing three so can’t wait to see which works best!!!

    • Jeff Wenberg

      That’s awesome to hear. Would you mind posting a url here? I’d love to check out how you’ve implemented this!

      • Sure thing!!! http://marketingartfully.com I have one man feet, one woman spyglass and one pink lady for right now, can you tell me which one you saw!?!?!…:)

        • Jeff Wenberg

          Oh man! That’s awesome. I saw the pink lady with glasses. LOVE how you’ve customized your LeadBox™! Would love to see more people doing this as well! So awesome, thanks again for sharing. Keep us posted on your split test results!

          • COOL!!! You aren’t exactly my perfect target demographic but would have been a little better if you at least got the man feet instead of the pink lady…hehehehe

          • Hey! I just signed up for your newsletter…I loved what you had to say about authority marketing and can’t wait to get some more tips from you 🙂
            For interest sake, I also got the pink lady with glasses, but personally I don’t really care about the pic, I loved your opt-in offer (bribe offer)…that ,and the post I read, were what hooked me to sign up.

          • Awesome opossum Grant!!! THANK YOU so much for letting me know which one you saw and so glad you liked my “stuff”. Right now the pink lady is performing 44.68% above the original but the numbers are low so I am not making any assumptions yet!! So funny on that resource guide…I have LOTS of free giveaways but Tim from LeadPages said to make one so I did. Interesting that is what made you sign up!

    • AlenaStar

      I haven’t seen exit popup but leadbox popup with pink girl showed on enterpreneurs page… love it!

      Decided to add extra text to my own lead box – thanks for idea!!!

  • Alli Shea

    Is this only available for wordpress.org?

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Hi Alli, as far as I can tell you’re not able to add your own plugins to blogs hosted at WordPress.com, so this PLUGIN wouldn’t work if you’re using a WordPress hosted blog. HOWEVER, you can still use timed and exit LeadBoxes™ by pasting the code for any type of LeadBox™ wherever you can paste html code. Hope that helps.

  • What is we want the exit pop-up to show on only one specific blog post? I have one post I’d like an exit pop-up specifically for that post only.

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Hey Jackie, great question. To do that you wouldn’t need this plugin. All you’d need to do is take the LeadBox™ code from the publishing window and paste it into that specific post. Hope that helps!

      • Thanks, Jeff. I like the idea of a timed or exit LB site wide, but I have one particular post I want a specific timed LB. Does this feature allow me to have the best of both words. Site wide timed-LB, plus a different pop-up (timed or exit), on the on particular post?

        • Jeff Wenberg

          Jackie, you’d have to test it out on that particular post. We’ve seen some conflict in this type of situation. In future versions I believe you’ll be able to do this.

          • Jeff, I have a question related to another LP feature. I’m wondering if you can help me with it. I recently installed the blog home page LeadPage (see it at http://www.jackiebledsoe.com). Since doing so I’ve had a few problems.

            1) I can no longer preview my posts in drafts…when I click preview it just pulls up my new home page/LeadPage
            2) I can no longer search my site by typing into my Chrome address bar the following: “jackiebledsoe.com marriage” (or any other keyword)
            3) I’ve noticed my traffic has dropped. As I looked deeper I noticed that I have zero hits for the URL “jackiebledsoe.com,” and my #2 source of traffic, which links to “jackiebledsoe.com” is not listed at all in my referral sources. It went from the #2 referral source to no referral traffic at all. And I traced the link, and nothing has changed from that end.

            I did some further checking and noticed that the few lead pages I’ve set up don’t register on my traffic reports/analytics either.

            Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong, or how I can fix this?

          • Jeff Wenberg

            Jackie, this is more of a technical support question, so I’d recommend you go to support.leadpages.net in order to get help with this. Thanks!

          • Thanks, Jeff!

  • Owen McGab Enaohwo

    @jeff_wenberg:disqus please pass this on to Clay and the dev team:

    What will be awesome is if I can connect the new Exit Popup feature to my CRM so that based on the stage the person is in my sales or customer lifecycle funnel, Leadpages shows them a different exit popup and/or Leadbox.

    Say for instance someone downloaded my lead magnet, it makes no sense to continue to show them the exit popup or leadbox for the lead magnet ever again, what will make the most sense is such a person to now gets to see a exit popup or leadbox for the next step I want them to take in my sales or customer lifecycle funnel.

    I will pay for this feature!

  • AWrightDISQ

    Help please! I deleted the old version of the plug in, then tried to search for the new version, and WordPress cannot find it. Hope you can help, thanks. Tony

    • Jeff Wenberg

      You’ll need to download a new version of the plugin from inside of your LeadPages account. Hope that helps.

    • @AWrightDISQ:disqus, if you login to your LeadPages account and go to publish a page, you’ll see the option to download the plugin again.

  • Vince

    Thanks and great job on this update!

    There’s still one feature I’d really like to see: I think it’s counterproductive to send people to a thank-you page if the pop-up appears WHILE they’re reading an article. To get around this, I’ve been setting the thank-you page to be the same page the pop-up appears on.

    In the future, might we be able to just thank the reader inside of the pop-up?

  • AWrightDISQ

    Hi. I was told by support to delete the old version of the Leadpages connector plug in from my web site, and then find and install a new version. When I try to find a new version, WordPress cannot find “leadpages connector.” I hope someone can help me with this issue soon. Is there a link that I can go to to find the actual plug in so I can download from there? Thank you. Tony Wright

    • Jeff Wenberg

      You’ll need to download a new version of the plugin from inside of your LeadPages account. Hope that helps.

      • AWrightDISQ

        Thanks for the prompt help Jeff. Not sure where I go in MyLeadPages to get that plug in file, hope you can steer me. TW

        • AWrightDISQ

          Jeff I was able to figure out that I need to go to a specific Leadpage and then download the plug in from there. So another question. Will you guys be developing the functionality so that you can set this up to only be active on specific pages of your site? Thanks.

  • AWrightDISQ

    Another question please. When I configure a LeadBox to come up on pages, 5 second delay, 14 day until comes hip again. Say a person is on a page long enough for the Box to come up. Now, if they go to another page….will it come up again? Thanks. Tony Wright

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Hi there, once someone sees the popup LeadBox™ they won’t see it again for 14 days no matter what page they’re on if that’s how you’ve set it up. Please direct further support questions to support.leadpages.net. Thanks!

      • AWrightDISQ

        Jeff this is EXACTLY as I had hoped! My site is http://www.gameimprovementgolf.com I am excited because I get something like 1,300 hits a month, and if a percentage of these can convert because if this it would be AWESOMESAUCE!!

        • Jeff Wenberg

          That’s awesome! Please keep us posted on your results!

  • Guest

    Is it ok tu use Adsense with leadpages exit pop up?

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Hi there, Will found some awesome info about pop ups and adsense. He commented above, but I’ll put it here as well. We certainly won’t claim to be AdWords or Facebook ads experts, but Will did some Googling and it looks like AdWords prefers for pages you’re sending ad traffic to to not have popups. You can read more about that here: https://support.google.com/adw

  • We updated the plugin, but the Lead Boxes section just keeps loading and doesn’t seem to go anywhere. Any ideas?

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Hi Robb, your best bet for getting help with this is to go to support.leadpages.net so our support staff can help you through getting this set up correctly. Thanks!

  • Dustin Riechmann

    Hey guys, I’ve been using a timed lead box pop up for several weeks now, and it works great on desktop. However, it does not fire on mobile devices. Should it show up on mobile (I wish it did)?

    Thanks!

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Hey Dustin, unfortunately at this point most mobile devices disable java script, which will not allow LeadBoxes™ to work correctly on mobile.

  • Jay Lo Christiansen

    Cool beans! Thanks guys!

  • Niall Doherty

    Love it!

    Quick question: Say I have a pop-up Leadbox and a separate exit Leadbox with a different call to action. The user sees the pop-up Leadbox first and closes it. I have it set so they won’t see it again for 15 days. But does this mean they won’t see just THAT particular Leadbox again for 15 days, or they won’t see ANY of my other Leadboxes (such as the exit one) for 15 days as well?

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Great question Niall. If the LeadBox you’re using on your WordPress site with our plugin is set to not appear for another 15 days, then someone who closes that LeadBox™ will not see that particular LeadBox™ again for 15 days.

      • Niall Doherty

        Perfect. Thanks, Jeff!

  • genome58

    I’m new to LeadPages. Are LeadBoxes visible and do they function properly on mobile devices? If the original features work, how about the timed appearance and the exit pop?

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Hi there Genome, great question. Yes LeadBoxes work on mobile, however they open in a new window due to the way mobile browsers function. As far as popup LeadBoxes™ most smart phones disable javascript so that doesn’t allow pop up and timed LeadBoxes™ to function correctly.

  • Great idea. I was looking for this tool for some time now and was excited when I saw you released the plugin.

    After I installed the ‘Pop-up leadbox’ and ‘Exit lead box’ on my website I noticed that my site started to load slower. I would say it adds additional 5 seconds of load time when the plugin is active. You can check out my site link: brainleaf.com/blog

    Is anyone else noticing this issue or is it just me?

    • Jeff Wenberg

      We haven’t had any reports of this yet Timur. Sites I have it loaded on our loading very fast. Please contact our support staff at support.leadpages.net so they can help you figure out what’s going on. Thanks!

      • Sounds good Jeff. I’ll look at it a bit closer.

  • That’s great, thanks.

    What would be even better would be to have the plugin test by itself what is the best performing time to show the leadbox (Time before leadbox appears value, eg. after x seconds).

  • Debbie

    Hello! The leadboxes plugin is not working on my site. I have deleted and reinstalled three times and it is still stuck in loading with the icon spinning around? Any ideas on how to fix this? Thanks so much

    • Jeff Wenberg

      Hi Debbie, the best bet for any kind of support questions like this are to contact our amazing support staff at support.leadpages.net. They’ll be able to help you figure this out. Thanks!